Ever watch a movie or tv show that made you cry? How about one that scared you or even gave you nightmares? Or even more fun, one that gave you an idea or sparked a dream? Did you know that our minds think in pictures? Our brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real (happening in our REAL lives) and what is not (happening on television or in a movie). If you stop to think about it for a second – why do we cry when a FICTIONAL character is sick, injured or dies in a book, tv show or a movie? Sure, part of it is that the background music is often heart-wrenching but beyond that, we have created a REAL connection between the characters and ourselves.
What does this have to do with this time of year? Soon, Christmas and Boxing Day will have passed and it’s time for everyone to create New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I suggest create a few “NYR” that are visual and create pictures in your mind. This is one of the tricks to helping your NYR stick! Here are a few suggestions:
- Create a Vision Board
- Write a movie script of your own life, what you would like it to be in 5 or 10 years
- Make a video with your family, talking about Christmas 2012 and how your lives are different (speak in the present tense)
- Find images on the web that inspire you and make a screen saver or background for your computer
- Create a photo album (yes, print photos) of your NYR goals – so if you want to lose weight, put a photo of yourself at your ideal weight (if you don’t have one, find someone who looks like you!). Or if you want to exercise more, put photos of people hiking, playing sports and exercising. Look at it every night before bed.
- Take a HUGE Post-it note and write down (in the present tense) all of the NYR you have and post it on your wall. Use words that inspire you – “I feel amazing now that I have quit smoking”, “I am inspired by my daily walks in nature”
- Or anything else that inspires you to be creative with your NYR!!